Visitors to Denver have the unique opportunity to see the largest collection of Clyfford Still paintings anywhere in the world. Never heard of him? He refused to sell many paintings while alive, so when four were auctioned in November, 2011, they went for $114 million!
Why? Because Still, who died in 1980, was one of the greatest, early abstract impressionist artists! He shunned galleries in the 1950’s and there were very few exhibits of his work. One of the largest was at the New York Metropolitan Museum in 1979. After his death in 1980, his collection of over 2,300 pieces was closed to the world.
At his wish a museum was built (fortunately in Denver) to house his collection. It opened November 18, 2011. Exploring the museum, you’ll find that viewing the exhibit chronologically and identifying the prevailing man vs. nature theme helps in understanding his work.
While not affiliated with the Denver Art Museum the Clyfford Still Museum is located adjacent to the DAM’s Hamilton building on Bannock and 13th streets.
The Los Angeles Times museum review is worth reading if you have an interest in Clyfford Still.